alt-J : This is All Yours [new album]

This Is All Yours

This Is All Yours


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Mercury-winning troupe alt-J lose a member and venture further out there.

Alt-J Will Debut New Album Live In New York

They’re simply my favorite band of the decade, so I’m thrilled that alt-J premiered a good chunk of its new album live for you to see and hear on September 2. That album, This Is All Yours, is another eclectic mix of English folk and art rock, with disturbing and intoxicating lyrics, rhythms and melodies that shift, fall apart and explode. It’s been looping endlessly in my head since I first heard it.

This second set of songs from the Leeds, England group (now a trio) is every bit as quirky and mysterious the one we heard on its 2012 debut, An Awesome Wave, which was my favorite album of 2012. This Is All Yours will be out Sept. 22, but three weeks before the release the band will play these songs at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City.  Audio and video of the entire show will be broadcast live on at NPR Music, beginning at 9 p.m. ET on Sept. 2 (and on WFUV as well).

Alt-J Full Performance at Le Poisson Rouge 9.2.2014 [Official NPR YouTube Video]

September 02, 2014 • Nothing was ordinary about this alt-J show — not that anything is ever ordinary from the artful British band.

But on at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City, alt-J  played its first concert in eight months: its first without departed friend and bassist/guitarist Gwil Sainsbury, its first with touring member Cameron Knight, and its first playing songs from the upcoming album This Is All Yours.

The new songs have all the power of the old ones, flush with textured sounds from Gus Unger-Hamilton’s electronic horns, steel drums, voices, and dense washes of grit. Lyrically, the new songs are equal parts creepy, lovely, puzzling, and expressive. In that expression is precision; you can see it in drummer Thom Green (watch his left hand) and you can hear it in the guitar dynamics and vocal phrasing of Joe Newman. This isn’t a band of pyrotechnic wizards, but alt-J’s technical prowess helped make this performance a deep pleasure on an extraordinary evening.

Briefly rocked by the departure of reluctant tour guitarist Gwil Sainsbury, the now three-piece alt-J show no signs of suffering creative jitters on this assured and strange second album. Leading on from the odd, compelling barber-shop trip-hop of 2012’s An Awesome Wave, the trio stretch their idiosyncratic range to include spooked neo-R&B (the Miley Cyrus-sampling Hunger Of The Pine), head-nodding Odelay-era Beck sonic collages (Left Hand Free) and, most effective of all, spectral balladry in Choice Kingdom and Pusher. There’s lyrical playfulness throughout – not least singer Joe Newman’s desire in the lightly lascivious Every Other Freckle to “turn you inside out and lick you like a crisp packet”. It’s one of many indications here that you can never quite predict what’s around the turn with this highly intriguing and inventive outfit.


Watch the video for “lightly lascivious” Every Other Freckle:

alt-J – Every Other Freckle (Official Video – Girl) From the forthcoming album ‘This Is All Yours’



Alt-J – Hunger of The Pine Official Video


Set List for premiere of the album in NYC

Set List
  • “Hunger Of The Pine”
  • “Fitzpleasure”
  • “Something Good”
  • “Left Hand Free”
  • “Dissolve Me”
  • “Matilda”
  • “Bloodflood Pt. 2”
  • “Tessellate”
  • “Every Other Freckle”
  • “Taro”
  • “Warm Foothills”
  • “The Gospel Of John Hurt”
  • “Nara/Leaving Nara”
  • “Breezeblocks”

Producers: Mito Habe-Evans, Otis Hart; Event Producer: Saidah Blount; Hosts: Bob Boilen, Russ Borris; Videographers: Mito Habe-Evans, Colin Marshall, Maia Stern, A.J. Wilhelm; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Additional Editing: Colin Marshall; Special Thanks: (Le) Poisson Rouge; Executive Producer: Anya Grundmann

alt-J – Hunger Of The Pine (Official Video)



A unique band with a sound that’s hard to pin down, alt-J makes music that’s electronic but somewhat folky; it’s got elements of dub but isn’t exactly danceable. At a time when it’s difficult for musicians to set themselves apart, alt-J has created a truly fresh, unpredictable sound.

An Awesome Wave, the band’s 2012 debut, won a well-deserved Mercury Prize and spawned appearances at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Coachella and the Glastonbury Festival in 2013. So how does the British band face a potential sophomore slump? It’s simply gone and made another beautiful and strange record that sounds like alt-J and nobody else. Join NPR Music and WFUV for a Live First Listen to This Is All Yours on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 9 p.m.


Hunger of the Pine

Directed by Nabil
Concept by Joe Newman

From the forthcoming album ‘This Is All Yours’
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Founding Alt-J Bassist Gwil Sainsbury Leaves Band

Gwil Sainsbury Live In Melbourne, 2013 / Photo: Aleksandar Kostadinoski

Gwil Sainsbury Live In Melbourne, 2013 / Photo: Aleksandar Kostadinoski

Mercury Prize winners say they support Gwil Sainsbury’s ‘personal decision’

British indie rock export Alt-J have officially announced the departure of bass player and founding member Gwil Sainsbury, breaking the news to their fans via their official Twitter account and insisting that the decision is “purely a personal” one, that comes with the full support of the band.

“With regret,” the band begins, “Gwil is leaving alt-J. This is purely a personal decision and as our best friend we support him completely.” The Mercury Prize-winning band had a busy 2013, with Songkick naming them one of 2013′s hardest-working acts behind Local Natives and rapper Kendrick Lamar, though the band had in fact travelled the furthest, covering 251,443km in 2013.

The band formed in 2007 in Leeds, while the members — Swainsbury, Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton, and Thom Green — were in university, and had a top ten album in Australia with their highly-acclaimed 2012 debut, An Awesome Wave, which broke the Top 100 in the US Billboard 200.